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Video | The Politics of Brazil’s Carnival: Lula, Marielle, and more

For many, Carnival in Brazil is more than just a party, it's an opportunity to make a political statement

Mangueira Samba School parade in Rio honored black and indigenous heroes who have been erased from the official Brazilian history / Mídia Ninja

It is generally assumed that Carnival in Brazil is mostly just a big party. However, as Mike Fox reports from Brazil, it actually has its origins in politically motivated concerns and this is true now more than ever.

The Real News, a Brasil de Fato partner, reports on Carnival groups that brought political topics to the forefront, including the political imprisonment of Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the assassination of councilwoman and black activist Marielle Franco, and the scandals facing the Jair Bolsonaro government.

Watch the video below:

Edition: The Real News